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Aarni Heiskanen, the author and host of AEC Business, is a consultant, architect and educator with over 25 years of experience.

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machine-readable bim
June 2, 2017

Automating Construction Processes by Making BIMs Machine-Readable

Process digitalization and automation is an essential strategy in improving construction productivity. A Finnish fast-track standardization project is paving the way to automation by making open building information models (BIMs) machine-readable. / continue reading

May 26, 2017

The Agile Construction Company – Interview with Pirita Vainio of NCC Group

Pirita Vainio NCCI had the pleasure of meeting with Pirita Vainio, Head of Digital and Innovation at NCC Group. In this podcast interview, we discuss how a newcomer to the industry brought agile practices into a construction company. NCC Group is actively exploring agile methods such as Scrum and Kanban.  / continue reading

May 16, 2017

The BIM Summer School – interview with Vishal Singh of Aalto University

In this interview with Vishal Singh, assistant professor at Aalto University, we discuss the upcoming BIM Summer School. It will start in Otaniemi, Finland, on Monday 29 May and end a week later. / continue reading

robotic timber fabrication
May 11, 2017

Robotic Timber Fabrication – Videos

These videos demonstrate today’s possibilities of robotic timber fabrication. / continue reading

May 2, 2017

Discussing Parametric Design with Shajay Bhooshan of Zaha Hadid Architects

Robotics, 3D printing, and digital fabrication—these evolving technologies are changing how we design and construct. Looking into the future can surprisingly cause us to rediscover history, as I learned when discussing parametric design with Shajay Bhooshan. / continue reading

Predicting our future
April 26, 2017

Predicting Our Future with Andrew Weinreich

In this podcast episode, my guest is Andrew Weinreich. We talk about the future of homebuilding against the backdrop of Andrew’s new podcast Predicting Our Future/ continue reading

Helsinki Central Library by ALA
April 23, 2017

Unique and Challenging—The Helsinki Central Library Project

A construction site always looks more like a field experiment than an industrial process. In all fairness, the site of Helsinki’s Central Library site looks well organized and clean. The impressive steel structures suggest that the building will be something special. / continue reading

worker safety cordapillar
April 12, 2017

Cordapillar- A New Solution to a Safer Working Environment

A simple innovation is often all it takes to solve a nagging problem. Cordapillar deals with the predicament that is all too familiar to everyone: extension cords running loose on the floor, creating potentially hazardous conditions in the working environment. / continue reading

April 8, 2017

Will On-Site Robotics Become Feasible in Construction?

Over the last few years we’ve seen concepts and pilot projects for construction site robotics. Peter Novikov, Enrico Dini, Wolf D. Prix, and others have shown what on-site robotics can already accomplish. There are still hurdles to overcome, but the convergence of several technologies is making the automated construction site look attainable. / continue reading

March 27, 2017

A Culture of Innovation – Interview with Daniel Sundlin, Partner at Bjarke Ingels Group

In this podcast interview, my guest is Daniel Sundlin, a partner at Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) in New York. We talk about how BIG innovates and what opportunities and challenges digitalization brings to architecture. / continue reading

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